India using ‘state terrorism’ to break Kashmiri people’s will, says Pakistan


Islamabad: Pakistan Thursday accused India of using “state terrorism” to break the will of the Kashmiri people.

The Foreign Office’s statement came after Indian security forces on Sunday gunned down 13 militants in three counter-insurgency operations that also claimed the lives of three Army jawans and four civilians in Anantnag and Shopian districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Our Kashmiri brothers and sisters have been subjected to extreme brutalities and human right violations by India during the last week,” Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal alleged at a weekly briefing.

“This mindless killing spree exposes, yet again, the ugly, inhuman face of the state-terrorism that India has been perpetrating against the Kashmiris for decades,” he said.

“We have repeatedly pointed out that the Kashmiri youth is being deliberately and systematically targeted with a view to breaking the will of the Kashmiri people.”

India has been maintaining that it is Pakistan that is using state-sponsored terrorism against it and has repeatedly asked the international community to take tough action against the country.

Pakistan has also been repeatedly criticised by US President Donald Trump for harbouring terrorists.

Faisal said Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi called a special meeting of the Federal Cabinet and the National Security Committee of the Cabinet to review the situation in Kashmir.

He said the Foreign Minister and the Foreign Secretary today also briefed the Heads of Missions of various nations in Islamabad regarding “Indian brutalities and atrocities on the innocent Kashmiris”.

Faisal said Pakistan will observe April 6 as Kashmir Solidarity Day.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s National Security Committee (NSC) Thursday resolved to raise the issue of alleged rights violations in Kashmir at both bilateral and multilateral fora.

The NSC, in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, condemned the recent violence in the valley and “incessant use” of pellet guns against protesters and funeral processions, a statement said.

The Committee reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to political, diplomatic and moral support for the people of Kashmir.

The Committee decided to raise the issue at both bilateral and multilateral fora, the statement said.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Thursday said that efforts for the resumption of dialogue with India are ongoing and the top officials from the two sides have met recently.

Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal also said that Pakistan has never refused to hold dialogue with India.  (PTI)


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